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Old 10-05-06, 07:09 AM
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Dog Repellent Spray

I find keeping my spray repellent in the back of my shirt not
feasible. When a dog starts to run after me it is almost
impossible to try to not only locate the spray but to dig
in the back of the shirt while riding is very dangerous.
What are some other ways to carry this making it more
accessible?
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Old 10-05-06, 07:12 AM
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Tape it to your frame pump, then just grab it off your frame
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Old 10-05-06, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Theodore
I find keeping my spray repellent in the back of my shirt not
feasible. When a dog starts to run after me it is almost
impossible to try to not only locate the spray but to dig
in the back of the shirt while riding is very dangerous.
What are some other ways to carry this making it more
accessible?
I was on a ride this past weekend and a fellow rider had his in a nylon holder on his handlebars. Kind of like a belt loop cell phone holder, but for the handlebar. A dog came sprinting at us and he was able to undo the velcro and have the spray ready to go. Fortunately for all, the dog stopped at its property line and never came into the road.
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Old 10-05-06, 07:19 AM
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I put mine upside down and stick it in the tip of my pearl izumi shorts. Easy to grab, wont fall out. I use to clip it to my right brifter cable. Either way works. You just need to have it somewhere in front of you so you can reach rather quickly.

On a side note, my halt, the last 2 cans have been non evasive. I dont know why but I blasted a dog, I mean all over his face,eyes and nose and even though he stopped chasing, he didnt have any irritation. He just went back in the yard and watched me pedal away.

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Old 10-05-06, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by C_heath
On a side note, my halt, the last 2 cans have been non evasive. I dont know why but I blasted a dog, I mean all over his face,eyes and nose and even though he stopped chasing, he didnt have any irritation. He just went back in the yard and watched me pedal away.
That's one reason why I I just use my water bottle (not as easy to get a handle on and be prepared though as your method above with Halt) to squirt water at the dog. 9 times out of 10, it works great. Getting the dogs attention above their intended target (i.e. your ankle, calf, front wheel, etc.) will slow the dog down enough for you to get going usually. And, a squirt of water toward its face helps too.
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Old 10-05-06, 08:22 AM
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Strategically placed bowls of Prestone along the rout the night before the ride works very well.
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Old 10-05-06, 12:27 PM
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You might consider the bear spray in the big can. Effective up to 30 feet so you have time to get it out of your pocket.
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Old 10-05-06, 12:34 PM
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50/50 mix of ammonia and water in a spray bottle that fits in the cage. Hit a dog with that and they will never chase another person on a bicycle.
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I have a small strap on the back of my Seat Bag. I clip the spray to that and can get to it in a moment's notice. I have to stop to put it back on the bag after use though. I also know where most of the aggressive dogs are and will have the spray in my hand ready to go when I go by the house.
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Its called Gator Aid in my seat tube bottle cage.
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lol I vote the prestone.

screw mean dogs.
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Originally Posted by woodcycl
That's one reason why I I just use my water bottle (not as easy to get a handle on and be prepared though as your method above with Halt) to squirt water at the dog. 9 times out of 10, it works great. Getting the dogs attention above their intended target (i.e. your ankle, calf, front wheel, etc.) will slow the dog down enough for you to get going usually. And, a squirt of water toward its face helps too.
I have yet had a dog I couldn't stop with a squirt from a water bottle. I can usually hit them in the face a good 10-15 feet away and not even skip a beat. All it takes is a little water in their eyes, they close their eyes and have to stop running, which lets you get away.

I used Mace on a dog once, it blinded him and he got hit by a car. The horrible wailing cries of the injured dog just made me feel awful.
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Old 10-05-06, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106
You might consider the bear spray in the big can. Effective up to 30 feet so you have time to get it out of your pocket.
I've heard Exocet missiles are pretty effective too, but you have to watch out for collateral damage.
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>>> almost impossible to try to not only locate the spray but to dig in the back of the shirt while riding is very dangerous.

IMHO, anti-dog sprays [like my ol' reliable household ammonia] are for what I call "repeat offenders". You're right about it being "impossible". There's the damn dog, there's your effort to stay in-lane, the fumbling with the spray, and there's the PITA cagers on cell phones who will avoid the dog and hit YOU. Lots going on there. That said, for "repeat offender" dogs, you stage a "learning experience". . .low traffic, the spray locked-loaded-safety-off, a little "here I come" theatrics.

I know dogs who remember the Ammonia Experience for the rest of their burdensome lives.
 
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Get a couple of rare-Earth magnets. Tape/strap/epoxy one to your bike and one to the spray bottle.
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Originally Posted by n4zou
50/50 mix of ammonia and water in a spray bottle that fits in the cage. Hit a dog with that and they will never chase another person on a bicycle.
Or in a small squirt gun.
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Pepperfoam is a reasonable alternative. It's the same stuff with a foaming agent that'll stick. There's a huge variety of holsters and carriers as well.
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